Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve
Birds of many kinds of feather flock together in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve and it is worth going for them alone, though also watch out for rare antelope.
Russian Drama Theatre
Museum of Modern Art
Central Mosque
Kokshetau National Park
Another National Park, Kokshetau is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and invigorating weekend.
Ice City
Enormous ice sculptures of famous landmarks, with built-in slides. What's not to love?
Burabay National Nature Park
Located in the North of Kazakhstan, Astana is perfectly placed for exploring the steppe; head out for day trips (or longer) to beautiful national parks for walking and nature-watching.
Central Park & Ishim River
Wander around the statues in this huge park, and take your time exploring.
Uspensky Cathedral
The city's main cathedral, the Upensky is an impressive sight.
Palace of Independence
See the city in miniature with the Palace's model of Astana.
Saints Konstantin & Elena Cathedral
This small Cathedral is perfect for quieter contemplative moments.
Palace of Peace & Reconciliation
Designed to cause a stir, this Norman Foster-designed building resembles something out of a science fiction movie. Stare in wonder.
Presidential Cultural Centre
The ultimate spot for catching up with Kazakh culture.
Saken Seifullin Museum
Museum to one of Kazakhstan's great literary figures and freedom fighters.
Kulanshi Modern Art Centre
International art works hang alongside classic Kazakh pieces at this modern gallery.
Malinovka
A moving tribute to the wives of political prisoners.
Central Concert Hall
A large, modern building hosting numerous cultural events.
Kazakh Drama Theatre
Young Kazakh actors perform national works to an enthusiastic crowd.
Beit Rachel Synagogue
A large (for Central Asia) synagogue, this maintains a community feel.
Has Sanat Gallery
The home of much of Kazakhstan's most inspiring artwork - not to be missed.
Atameken Ethno-Memorial
A monument to those who died at the hands of Soviet repression.
Baisetov National Theatre
Over thirty classic operas and ballets are on offer in this beautiful theatre, well worth a visit.
Baiterek Monument
The symbol of the capital, climb this imposing tower to see it spread beneath your feet.

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